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Reuven Rubin (1893-1974)
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Reuven Rubin (1893-1974)

Portrait of Yehuda Goor

Reuven Rubin (1893-1974)
Portrait of Yehuda Goor
signed and dated 'Rubin 929' (lower left) and signed again in Hebrew
oil on canvas
32 x 25 5/8 in. (81.3 x 65.1 cm.)
Painted in 1929
Yehuda Goor, Tel Aviv, by whom acquired from the artist.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, Tel Aviv, 31 May 1990, Lot 30.
Acquired at the above sale by the family of the present owner.
S. Wilkinson, Reuven Rubin, New York, 1971, no. 129 (illustrated p. 153).
Tel Aviv, Museum of Art, Rubin Retrospective, 1955, no. 37.
Jerusalem, The Israel Museum and Tel Aviv, Museum of Art, Rubin Retrospective, 1966, no. 27.
Haifa, Museum of Modern Art and Tel Aviv, The Rubin Museum, Portrait Exhibition, Rubin Draws his Friends, 1986, no. 20.
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Lot Essay

Yehuda Goor (Grosovski) immigrated to Palestine from Belorussia in 1887 and became a well-known educator and lexicographer. He founded the first Hebrew Teachers' Association in the Yishuv and helped to pioneer a new method of teaching Hebrew with no recourse to another language. He translated into Hebrew a number of children's classics. He is perhaps best known for his Dictionary of the Hebrew Language and his Lexicon of Foreign Words.

Rubin enjoyed a wide circle of friends and neighbours, whom he painted throughout his career. However his most significant portraits date from the 1920s. "They not only portray the likeness of key personalities of the intellectual, political and artistic circles of the Yishuv; but also are symbolic of the burgeoning community and active cultural life of that period". (C. Rubin, Rubin Portrays his Friends, Tel Aviv, 1986).

Yehuda Goor is painted in an expressionist manner. The educator is seated in an armchair, formally dressed with a flower in his lapel. The chair is flanked by a small pedestal table, holding a vase of multi-coloured flowers. The ambiance conveys the solidity and prosperity of the re-born state.

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